February is Heart Health Month. Learn how you can help keep your ticker ticking

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - While every day is the right day to improve your health, February brings a special opportunity. It's Heart Health Month.

According to the CDC, half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease - high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.

Heart disease is not only the most common form of cardiovascular disease, it's also the single leading cause of death in Alabama.

Here are some steps that can reduce your risk, as provided by the American Heart Association:

  • If you smoke, stop
  • Choose good nutrition
  • If you have high blood cholesterol, take steps to lower it
  • Lower high blood pressure
  • Be physically active every day
  • Aim for a healthy weight
  • Manage diabetes
  • Reduce stress
  • Limit alcohol